When it rains, it pours.
Michael Singh reports that Michael Bradley’s hamstring injury is so serious that he will now fly to England to undergo a procedure that will likely keep him out of any action for multiple weeks. Bradley has missed the last five TFC games in all competitions, without an appearance since the 0-0 draw with Nashville SC a month ago.
Such is the uncertainty over his injury that there is no official timeline yet on a potential return.
“I don’t know,” Bob Bradley told the Canadian Press’ Neil Davidson. “They might say eight to 10 weeks, kind of thing, but that depends.”
And the Reds’ midfield depth is set to be sorely tested further, as breakout star Alonso Coello’s ankle injury is “fairly serious” and will keep him sidelined for “a good number of weeks.” Singh quotes Bob Bradley as saying that the youngster’s issue doesn’t appear to be “a major, long, long long-term injury.”
But still, it’s yet another blow for a team who feel pretty beleaguered right now. Coello has played the full 90 minutes in TFC’s last two league games but was pulled after just 22 minutes of the Canadian Championship quarter-final defeat to CF Montréal in midweek. The punches seem to be coming from every corner of the ring.
Per Singh, at Thursday’s training session, Bradley and Coello were joined on the list of absentees by Sean Johnson, Adama Diomande, Sigurd Rosted, Jonathan Osorio, Matt Hedges, Shane O’Neill, and Victor Vazquez.
With Hedges, Rosted, and O’Neill missing, TFC II centre-backs Adam Pearlman and Antony Curic are training with the first team, with TFC beginning to look stretched to the bare bones. Bob Bradley described the club’s current injury list as “the longest I’ve ever had, by far,” per Davidson.
That would be palatable were it not for the team’s form on the field.
Ahead of this weekend’s rematch with CF Montréal — now behind closed doors to TFC fans after the midweek debacle — Bob Bradley admitted that “plain and simple, we’re not where we want to be.”
“Certainly, on that end, I take responsibility,” the veteran head coach said. “We’ve got to continue to work and improve because this club, the fans, and the city deserve a team that’s competing at the top year-in and year-out.”
TFC travel to Montréal looking for just a third win in 13 games in all competitions in 2023. They currently stand two places and three points off the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table.